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Poster: SactownTom Date: Dec 8, 2006 12:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: wolfgang's vault

Article on this in the new Rolling Stone. There is some concern about the legality of even streaming the shows. Jorma was quoted expressing his concerns (he also said that these are some very important recordings and it's great that they can be heard--as long as the artists aren't getting ripped off).

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Dec 8, 2006 12:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: wolfgang's vault

I took a moment to read some of the legal stuff on the site which says that they are paying the fees or royalties to the artists in the same way radio stations do. The only issue, as it occurs to me, is whether Uncle Bobo Productions actually owned the rights to the original live recordings. All contractual legal stuff, but the site appears to be very above-board with the way it's promoting itself. They say that they're working on DL's - which will probably be fee based, but hell if it's worthwhile, I'll support it.

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Poster: orchiddoctor Date: Dec 8, 2006 12:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: wolfgang's vault

BGP owns the legal rights to the tapes IF they were made with the proper permissions and IF BGP actually made them. Most of his stuff was done on the fly, and it is doubtful that they have anything more than tape ownership rights. Beyond that are the artist's rights; unless there is a contract or written agreement between artist and taper, these tapes should not be streamed, as not only does streaming violate copyright law, but anyone with Real Recorder or some such device can snag them. Then comes the issue of the various bands' contractual obligations to their record companies and whether the contract at the time of said live recording specifies use of live recordings after the expiration of the contract. Then there's th4e issue of each band member. Then there is the issue of who owns the tapes and the appropriate payments due to folks like the recording engineer (hint, hint, Owsley and the Big Brother tapes). Think about Nirvana, Courtney Love, and the big Box lawsuits.

It ain't easy, which is why, in part, certain artists (e.g. Jorma) don't allow their stuff to be downloaded via etree or dime or whatever, and at least one other (heh-heh) has banned downloading on archive.

Of course, in underground circles, none of this means shit to a tree.